Does March Madness mean it’s time for vasectomies?

Men, want to sit in front of your TV for four days straight and watch the NCAA Tournament in peace? Then get a vasectomy!

A urology clinic in Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic, says it’s a trend for men to schedule their vasectomies during March Madness so they can watch and recover without complaint from the wives.

From The Detroit Free Press:

“According to the esteemed medical center, men are scheduling vasectomies so they can recover — it’s usually just a day or so of resting and ice packs — in front of the television, watching March Madness.”

“ ‘I’m doing them every 15 minutes tomorrow with no holes. It usually won’t be that full,” Dr. J. Stephen Jones, chairman of the department of regional urology at Cleveland Clinic, said Thursday. He said he noticed a couple years ago that vasectomies increased up to 50% during the NCAA basketball tournament.”

“He added that about half the patients he sees say they’ve timed their procedures to college basketball.”

Urologists outside of Ohio don’t think there is a trend.

“Yet a urology practice in Richmond, Va., grabbed www.vasectomymadness.com and is promoting the ability to “spend three days on the couch watching hoops with your wife’s approval.” Other urologists in Springfield, Ore.; Austin, Texas, and Longview, Wash., are among those are seizing the marketing opportunity.”

(Although the URL is not currently working. Hmm.)

So is this a trend or a wanna-be trend? Do you know any men scheduling vasectomies around March Madness games? Would this help convince your man to get his done?

34 comments Add your comment

I got my vasectomy...

March 19th, 2012
11:37 am

…because I did not want any more children after the two that my wife carried and delivered for us, not because I wanted some kind of “down time” to watch basketball. I still watch much of all the games, constantly flipping channels.

Just man up and do it because it is the right thing to do, and not because you need a “kitchen pass” to watch TV…

I got my vasectomy...

March 19th, 2012
11:39 am

…and after I got the thing I was back at work the next day, not wimping out and sitting at home (though I do know people who have had complications – swelling – and needed to stay home)…

jarvis

March 19th, 2012
11:44 am

Best thing I ever did. That said, the timing around the tourney may have been a better approach. I’m an active guy, and the two days on my arse were painstaking. Some good TV would have been helpful.

K's Mom

March 19th, 2012
12:15 pm

That is a great marketing strategy for the doc and if it gets the guy to get it done then I am all for it. I know too many wimps (my husband is not one of them) who will not get this very simple procedure done. Most of these jackasses watched their wives go through IVF and c-sections. I think a man who refuses to get a vasectomy is the worst kind of selfish and I applaud the physicians for finding a way to make it more appealing.

Me

March 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

I had mine perfiormed on a Tuesday morning (laser procedure) and took the remainder of that day off; back at work on Wednesday with no issues. I’m unsure why anyone would need 4 days unless, of course, it is nothing more than an excuse.

Scotty

March 19th, 2012
1:15 pm

I haven’t had a vasectomy because we are actively trying for baby #4 right now, but once we have that baby in our arms I will be having the procedure done. I’m not anticipating it being a big deal or having it done during next years March Madness. For starters, I don’t care that much about the games and secondly, putting yourself out of commission for a week (when you only really need a day or so to recover, barring anything unfortunate happening) just to watch basketball is extremely selfish. Plus in my house, that would never fly. I’m fortunate enough to be able to work from home so that I can be a stay at home dad and my wife can continue her office job. I would feel so guilty that I wasn’t spending time with my kids, taking them to school and activities, doing homework with them, or playing in the yard with them just because I wanted to watch some silly basketball games. Plus my wife would absolutely kill me if she had to take off a week from work to be with the kids just so I could watch some TV.

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Jeff

March 19th, 2012
1:51 pm

I fully believe that it’s so much easier on us than having a hysterectomy, etc is on women. I will probably get one this time next year. But it has been a trend for numerous years so the recognition of it is a little dated.

That being said, the vast majority of my male friends have told me that their doctors would not perform the procedure unless their wife signed a consent for in the office. Kind of puts the whole BC controversy and the “war on women” in perspective.

Grab, Twist, and Pull!

March 19th, 2012
1:59 pm

Death or Castration?

I chose death.

mom2alex&max

March 19th, 2012
2:09 pm

I could NOT be more grateful for my husband doing this. He called it the “unkindest cut”, but it has made our lives a million times easier. One less thing to EVER have to worry about.

His urologist ran what he called the Friday afternoon Special. He got it done on Friday afternoon and spent all weekend whining and being waited on hand and foot. Whatever. It was TOTALLY worth it!

But I don’t think you are gonna convince any man to do it under the premise that they get to watch a game. The recovery time is a couple of days at most anyways.

mom2alex&max

March 19th, 2012
2:13 pm

Jeff: I don’t know if every (or even most) doctors do it, but my husband’s urologist wanted me there for the consultation. And he kept being very clear on just how permanent and “there really is NO going back” the whole thing is. I’m like, YEAH! That’s the point doc!!!

I don’t remember having to sign anything though. And I can’t imagine that a man couldn’t just lie and say he was single…it’s not like they can check?

I thought about that a lot..I think it would be very much a problem if a guy did it behind the wife’s back.

K's Mom

March 19th, 2012
2:26 pm

Jeff, forget the hysterectomy, it is easier than a tubal ligation which requires general anesthesia. I am so glad to see so many men willing to have the procedure. I have to have a hysterectomy anyway, so our decision is easy, but we have multiple friends whose husbands simply will not go because it might hurt.

catlady

March 19th, 2012
2:45 pm

Sounds good to me! Perhaps have it on while the surgery is taking place. Hubby just doesn’t need to jump up when there is a score!

Grab, Twist, and Pull!

March 19th, 2012
3:04 pm

@K’s Mom

I think it has more to do with guys not having faith in the accuracy of the dude with the scalpel in his hand, or finger on the “Lazer” button, than it does with how much it might, “hurt.”

Hurting is one thing, I can deal with that, but if Captain Winky gets sawed completely off by accident, it’s all over but the shouting.

Jeff, surely you jest...

March 19th, 2012
3:06 pm

…what are you thinking? “I fully believe that it’s so much easier on us than having a hysterectomy, etc is on women.”

OF COURSE it is MUCH easier – a hysterectomy is a full blown, MAJOR operative procedure with all of its complications. A tubal ligation is much simpler, but still involves grea risk to the woman; a vasectomy is a minor snip and tie that requires very little effort on anybody’s part. Yes, there are risks of infection, and that is about it as far as complications are concerned.

Guys who are wimping out because “it might hurt” (as suggeted by K’s Mom) haven’t a clue as to what any type of major female surgery involves or feels like…only a true wimp says “it MIGHT hurt”…

Me

March 19th, 2012
3:07 pm

My wife accompanied me to both the consultation and the procedure. The doctor simply asked if we were sure and, of course, we both replied yes – since that was something of the expectation… Anyway, my wife did not have to provide “permission” nor was she requested to sign anything. In a similar scenario, when she had her procedure for having the Essure device, I didn’t have to sign or provide permission for that.

And, Grab, Twist, and Pull!...

March 19th, 2012
3:07 pm

…is the primary example of a wimp – if you look in the dictionary for the definition of the word “wimp” you will find his picture…

And, Grab, Twist, and Pull!...

March 19th, 2012
3:09 pm

…because Captain Winky is not even a part of the procedure, or even close to the action…

Grab, Twist, and Pull!

March 19th, 2012
3:19 pm

Whatever, one slip of the wrist and my outie becomes and innie and you might as well call me Greta.

K's Mom

March 19th, 2012
3:20 pm

@Grab, twist and pull, I should not even dignify your remarks with a response, but just how juvenile are you? I have had 4 female sugeries which all hurt like an SOB. I never knew if I would wake up and even have a uterus after 3 of them…and I am lucky, I have been able to conceive twice with no fertility. I have had a number of non surgical procedures including a saline sonohystogram with no anesthesia and it wasinvasive, painful and there were 6 people in the room watching. My husband was there to hold my hand and after it he told me if I could pregnant again, he would gladly have a vasectomy (even if I had a hysterectomy) because he felt like he owed it to me ( which I do not agree with, but I appreciated the sentiment). Again, any man who wife has had children should gladly be willing to put Mr. Winky at risk for the few minutes a vasectomy takes because believe you me, if a woman has had a child she has forsaken all modesty to have a child and had pain that men cannot fathom. To refuse to participate in birth control because of a reason so juvenile is incomprehensible to me. Glad I married a real man.

Scotty

March 19th, 2012
3:36 pm

@K’s Mom: Well said. I would so much rather have a vasectomy than have my wife go under the knife. It’s such a relatively simple procedure (mine is still probably a year or so off, but I have already consulted a doctor) and when I think of what my wife has already put her body through to have our three children and what she is willing to put it through again as we try for a 4th I just think, how could I not do it? Any pain or discomfort I have is really nothing compared to what my wife has been through. I just don’t understand the irrational fear most men seem to have of the procedure. Yes, it is done in a very sensitive area, but let’s face it so is child birth. “Mr. Winky” will be fine – if you’re worried about the doctor not doing the procedure right, then it sounds like you either need to grow up or choose a competent health care professional.

FCM

March 19th, 2012
3:53 pm

I cannot speak for all the ladies/moms on the board….but trust me the episiotomy is no pinic…and those scissors (god! I can still hear that snip sound) near my sensitive parts was not something I really wanted.

My ex and I agreed not to get any permanent procedures done after baby # 2 to make sure we really were done. As it was the was done but not necessarily our reporoductive lives. At 40+ I doubt I will have another again, and really do not regret that I am on the pill/condom path. Fact is 9 years ago I was not sure I was done and in 7 years of divorce I could have found someone. So glad the option was there (even if it never happened for me).

On the flip side he is remarried and wants to have babies with the woman.

I will say that when we said No 9 years ago, he did say he would “get snipped” (his words) if we decided to go to permanent solution. He felt the risk to my LIFE was to great. The man was a jerk for a number of things but I never doubted he meant that.

Wayne

March 19th, 2012
3:56 pm

I can’t recall if my wife signed a form or not – I think she did. I know she had to give ‘permission’. The doctor did require that there was no one else in the room during the procedure though. And he did keep inquiring as to whether or not I wanted to do it.

How about this?

http://www.masslive.com/talk/index.ssf/2012/03/massachusetts_urology_practice.html

K's Mom

March 19th, 2012
3:56 pm

Exactly @Scotty, childbirth occurs in a fairly sensitive area too ;o)!

Jeff

March 19th, 2012
4:02 pm

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend in the comments: many of the regular moms speak kindly and gratefully about their husbands who have had this done, yet speak so derogatorily about generic men.

And I have noticed that most of the regular guys/dads haven’t had an issue with it.

Grab, Twist, and Pull!

March 19th, 2012
4:04 pm

Wow lets all get into a pissing contest about how much pain we’ve endured in our life. Speaking of juvenile.

I’ve had to pass kidney stones. You’ve not endured pain, NOT EVEN CHILD BIRTH!, according to a female friend who also had them, until you have tried to squeeze something the size of a golf ball out of a hole the size of a straw.

I win.

Oh yeah, Grab, Twist, and Pull!...

March 19th, 2012
4:12 pm

…the size of a golf ball out a hole the size of a straw – try a LARGE watermelon out of a hole the size of a, well – you get the picture, you wimp…

Voice of Reason

March 19th, 2012
4:16 pm

The comments on this blog today are a shining example of why one should never argue with idiots. All they do is bring you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

K's Mom

March 19th, 2012
4:19 pm

@Jeff, you may be right. I just have very few friends whose husbands are as giving to them as I think they deserve. My husband also has a couple of friends who I find to be very selfish. Not saying that there are not lots of selfish wives out there (I know there are), but recently I have seen some good friends taken advantage of and even my husband will say a couple of his friends are terrible husbands and it is hard for him to accept. The sad thing is, when this starts happening with our friends, we try to be there but the friendships end up suffering too because you do not want to get too invloved in your friend’s business nor do you want to lie to them, so sometimes it is just easier to vent in an anonymous forum such as this!

tracey

March 19th, 2012
5:38 pm

i had a tubal ligation the day after my 2nd child was born. i was already in the hospital, so it made sense. my husband offered to get snipped, but i figured i was already gonna be there……

mom2alex&max

March 19th, 2012
7:37 pm

Jeff: I think you are very right about that. I AM very grateful to my husband for going through that. But I also personally know a number of men who won’t even hear of it. Even after their wives had complicated, scary pregnancies and painful and scary child births. I think that sucks.

catlady

March 19th, 2012
7:49 pm

My BIL wanted to have a vasectomy. His BF was an emergency room dr. BIL showed up at the small country ER one night so that Dr. BF could take care of things (no insurance). BIL was ready to run when Dr. BF pulled out a medical book and started reading. The first half of the surgery took almost an hour, as Dr. BF had to keep checking the book. The second half of the surgery took 15 minutes, as Dr. BF had experience to go on! True story!

homeschooler

March 19th, 2012
10:54 pm

@ Me..just wondering, why the vasectomy and the Essure?

My husband was all for the vasectomy. He talked to the Doc. got all the info and we just never got around to a good time for him to have it done. His work schedule is very hectic and unpredictable. I ended up having the Essure procedure which was totally awesome. I can’t imagine that a vasectomy is any less invasive. I worked from home the same day because I was told not to drive but I would have had no problem going to work. No pain at all. They put very small coils in the fallopian tubes. Within a couple of months, scar tissue grows around them and blocks the tubes. It cost me a 35 dollar co-pay and was done at my OBGYN office. I had to go to a reproductive specialist for a follow-up appt. 3 months later to make sure the tubes were blocked ( that appt took 10 minutes and another 35 dollars). 70 bucks and less than 1/2 a day of my time and I never have to worry about birth control again. I would recommend this to anyone who is considering permanent birth control options.

Augusta

March 20th, 2012
1:49 pm

Hubs had a vasectomy about 3 years ago. He said that since I did the birth control in the past, carried and delivered 4 healthy babies, that he would get one done, so there would be no more BC pills for me. Best gift I ever got…..